Usually containing delicious chocolate treats, the last few years have seen different types of advent calendars skyrocket in popularity, from beauty advent calendars to ones filled with craft beer, tea and even socks.
Not only do you get a huge discount in these advent calendars in the first place, with several of the products inside them worth much more than the overall price of the calendar, but with further reductions on the calendars in the run-up to Black Friday, you’re really in for a bargain.
The consummate host will tell you to treat the Christmas feast like a Sunday roast, just on a larger scale. But the truth is it can be hard to resist all the extras – the trimmings that sneak into the menu on top of roasties, red cabbage and sprouts; the desire for extra sauces; the requests from guests for a different pudding (or three).
“Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope,” the novelist Edith Wharton declared. I’m with Edith. The feather bed can wait. Growing up a bookish teenager in National Health glasses in the 1970s, I spent so long waiting for my real life to start, that I’ll never, ever turn a party down today.